UNDATED (LEARFIELD) – State officials are advising farmers now for planning purposes that the cut-off date for applying dicamba (die-CAM-buh) to soybean fields will be June 20th again next year.

It’s to avoid the weed-killing herbicide drifting onto other fields that might not have crops which are resistant to it.

“In 2017 we had almost a quarter million acres of reported drift, this last year we had less than 1,000 acres with that date,” said Petersen.

Officials say in 2019 there were 760 acres affected.

“If you’re using a dicamba spray and it does move onto other beans it can harm or damage not just beans, but other crops,” said Petersen.

Petersen says dicamba is an important tool, but it’s also important to limit impacts on neighboring homes, farms and gardens.